Quotes for when you’re down and out

Whenever you’re feeling certain commonalities (real or imagined) with Job or need a Little Engine That Could pick-me-up, these are my favorites:

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

– Galatians 6:9.

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


What is to give light must endure the burning.

–Eleanor Roosevelt

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!

–Christian D. Larson

Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.

–Cadet Maxim

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

–John F. Kennedy

There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

–Nelson Mandela

Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

–T. S. Eliot

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity.

–Simone de Beauvoir

God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom He wishes to bless.


No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.


You must do the things you think you cannot do.

–Eleanor Roosevelt

Here nothing is decided, but only here can the power of decision be tested.


Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

–Albert Einstein

If you’re going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you’re going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you’re going to question something, question authority. If you’re going to lose something, lose your inhibitions. If you’re going to gain something, gain respect and confidence. And if you’re going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams.

–Daniel Golston

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.

–Bruce Barton

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.


The shell must break before the bird can fly.


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

–Maya Angelou

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.


It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

–Eleanor Roosevelt

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